PHOENIX - The Arizona State Forest Service has issued strict restrictions for fire use on state-owned lands due to the extremely dry conditions across the state.
Beginning today in time for the holiday weekend, the restrictions include the use of any fireworks on unincorporated state lands.
Already prohibited are campfires, charcoal-burning devices and the use of acetylene or other torches. Smoking is prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed campground or area that is cleared of all flammable materials.
These restrictions apply to more than nine million acres of unincorporated State Trust Lands, Game and Fish Wildlife Areas and Arizona State Parks.
They also apply to Arizona Department of Transportation right-of-way property in unincorporated areas and not federally owned.
"In light of the dangerous fire condition we're seeing in our forests the hundreds of thousands of acres that have already burned in recent weeks, these fire restrictions are necessary to prevent human-caused wildfires and protest public health and safety," said State Forester Scott Hunt. "It's especially important that Arizonans follow these restrictions and others implemented locally to limit the potential of additional devastating fires this summer."
Arizona has an extreme fire danger due to high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, along with tinder dry vegetation. It has been one of the worst in memory for Arizona wildfires.
The restrictions continue until further notice.
If stronger local restrictions are in place then they shall apply.